Clarion is the only performing arts center in San Francisco Chinatown. It attracts world class musicians and artists, presents eclectic events that are distinctive, nonconforming, multi-disciplined as well as traditional. Didjeridu master Stephen Kent; Guitarist, composer, improviser and music educator Miroslav Tadić; South African guitarist Guy Buttery, guzheng master Liu Wei Shan; etc. have graced the stage. Professional theatrical plays such as Dial M for Murder, The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge; operetta Amahl and the Night Visitor have been produced. Clarion's president and director Clara Hsu’s poetic play Love on the Magpie Bridge revived the Night of Sevens festival that celebrates women, nature and domestic skills.
Clarion’s 2020 event calendar includes a film festival, burlesque shows, five dramatic plays with two of the plays produced by Clarion children’s summer theater workshops, an annual tea tasting event, five free Sunday noon-time concerts, international poetry, Chinese classical music concerts and art gallery shows, etc.. Our Open Mic and Talent Showcase on second Thursday of each month attracts singers, poets, comedians, dancers and magicians. Due to Coronavirus, the film festival and open mic have been canceled. However we are looking forward to presenting the rest of the events as soon as this crisis is over.
Clarion is dedicated to present but not limited to promote the work of Chinese and Asian American artists in music, theater, films, arts, poetry and literature. The amalgamation of cultures of the world make our art complex, rich and uniquely Chinese American. Clarion celebrates this uniqueness in its programming.
The variety of art disciplines attract a diverse audience, giving visitors and locals alike an unexpected experience in Chinatown.